Monday, 1 August 2016


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programme for autumn 2016 to summer 2017



autumn 2016



SEMINAR 2016-17


arabs, albigensians, troubadours

 autumn 2016




PSYCHOANALYSIS exists to  give a voice to human suffering.

It is concerned with the suffering of a unique individual, not with suffering in general.

Psychoanalysis has to be reinvented for each new analysand: it is not a standardised procedure that can be applied and packaged for a mass market. Neither can it be used as a self-help resource.

Both the value and challenge of psychoanalysis lies in the process itself. Nobody -neither analysand nor analyst- knows in advance when it will end or what the outcomes may be.

For this reason psychoanalysis is seldom available to users of national health services or private insurance schemes. These demand quantification, guaranteed outcomes, set procedures.

The only guarantee an analyst can give, is that he or she will do their very best to ensure an individual analysis will be supported from its very beginning to its very end -whatever the outcome maybe. 

Because psychoanalysis is so rarely offered by national health or private insurance schemes, it is mainly available from analysts working privately. It is therefore a fee-paying service. Each analyst however, will negotiate a realistic and affordable fee in accordance with the individual’s ability to pay.




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Dear Members and possible members of the SFL,
The School of the Freudian Letter was established ‘officially’ on July 5, 2014. It was already up and running in Cyprus many months before that. It is in its origins a Cypriot School, which also means Greek by culture. Civilisation had an interest in its Discontents in the form of Schools of ethics. The Lacanian orientation in so far it finds its roots in Freud’s doctrine continues that interest. Just as war is politics by other means, politics is ethics by other means. I think this point has Aristotelian links. Psychoanalysis adds the death drive and tries to grasp what to do with it. It almost always grasps us before we grasp it. If psychoanalysis is an ethics, then it also must be politics by other means. The SFL will not hesitate to renew psychoanalysis not just at the level of theory and practice but at the level of politics. We’ll do that with its bearings on Lacan’s teaching as Lacan used Freud’s doctrine for his.
Theory and practice constitutes the backbone of psychoanalysis. Lacan reformulated psychoanalysis three times. The first time happened after his encounter in 1949 with the theory of the signifier as Lévi-Strauss was using it. Well before the second time he remarked upon the ambiguity of the word être as something that operates in the field of satisfaction as il se satisfait de l’être, the ambiguity found on p. 60 of S6 (1958-9). Lacan for the third time faced the theory of the sinthome and of the Borromean Knot with il se satisfait de l’être.
‘Making an offer creates demand’ Lacan said somewhere concerning what recruits the subject to his School. The phrase is a make-believe economic principle. ‘Making an offer creates desire’ is the effect it produces.
I myself have found myself at a rather advanced age amongst some rather energetic and inspiring people.
Richard Klein , President SFL



Membership of the School of the Freudian Letter (SFL) is founded on the subject’s desire for psychoanalysis. Such a desire cannot ex-sist without a sustained investment in the experience of personal analysis as a questioning of each their relation to jouissance.

Inscription as Member of the SFL requires:

    Ongoing participation in the working community of the SFL
Considerable previous or ongoing personal analysis

Psychoanalytic Formation, Respons(a)bility and Verification

Lacan’s orientation in Freudian psychoanalysis marked a particular threshold of the psychoanalytic act as pertaining to the assumption of analytic praxis as such. Such an assumption cannot ex-sist without the respons(a)bility that is its very foundation; remarking Lacan’s measure that ‘responsibility only goes as far as one’s savoir faire’. An Analyst of the SFL, whether as Candidate Analyst or as Practising Analyst, is here deemed ‘Analyst in Formation’ in keeping with the principle of formation as work in progress.

 Candidate or Practising Analyst of the SFL generally requires:

Membership of the SFL
Prior and ongoing participation in the working community of the SFL
Personal analysis with an Analyst of the SFL
 Case supervision with Analysts of the SFL
Surpassing of thresholds minimally necessary for psychoanalytic practice as indicated in the Principles of Formation of the SFL and in Inscription 
the spirit of its working community